Don Ohman from Burbank didn't win the Texaco Country Showdown state finals, which were last weekend in Aberdeen.
"No, I didn't win. A college kid from Yakima did," Ohman said Tuesday. "But it sure was fun, and I was proud to have had the opportunity to sing my songs. It was awesome to have everyone in the crowd sing along with me."
The 65-year-old Ohman won the chance to compete in the national competition at this year's Benton Franklin Fair. He sang one of the songs he wrote, Hi Love! for both competitions.